Senior IT Specialist, Audit and Assurance Services

Kenilworth, NJ, US
March 08 2018
Organization Type
Requisition ID: GEN000576

Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

Merck’s Financial organization helps plan and analyze the resources that allow us to continue advancing medical innovation around the world. This team of attentive, exacting individuals prepares and organizes financial assets in order to drive Merck’s momentum towards providing the world with an evolving, diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines, and animal health products that fuel global wellness. 


Merck Corporate Audit and Assurance Services' (MCAAS) mission is to create confidence in a changing world. We provide value-added independent and risk based audit, assurance and advisory services.

Position Overview / Function and Responsibility

The successful incumbents will need to possess a solid mix of audit and business operations experience in a multitude of different IT environments (i.e., applications, operating systems and infrastructure). The primary role of the candidate will be to participate in the execution of IT internal audit engagements to assess the adequacy of internal controls and deliver value add reports. This includes performing walkthroughs and testing information technology general controls (ITGCs) to provide reasonable assurance that adequate application and infrastructure internal controls are both designed and operating effectively. A successful incumbent will be well versed in SOX controls, SAP and in the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and to be able to audit to the relevant requirements.

Under the direction of the Audit Director and the Auditor-in-Charge ("AIC"), the Senior Specialist will: 

  • Participate in the execution of IT internal audit engagements. 
  • Support financial or operational, integrated and process audits, both domestic and abroad. 
  • On occasion, the incumbent will be expected to lead small teams of auditors on audits with limited management supervision in addition to actively performing audit work. 
  • Under the direction of the AIC, partner with colleagues and clients, support groups, and other organizations to effectively complete all assigned audit work. 
  • Execute audit programs and work papers (including walkthroughs and sample testing) in line with the established quality standards and timelines.
  • Collaborate with the audit team in the writing of audit summaries of issues and reports which accurately describe identified control concerns, associated risks, and appropriate recommendations 
  • Maintain the highest standards of professionalism and independence in the execution of duties with the highest level of integrity and quality. Show good judgment in the conduct of work.

Education Minimum Requirement: 

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, business, accounting, finance or a related discipline
Required Experience and Skills: 

  • A minimum of three years of IT auditing experience 
  • Experience in Sarbanes-Oxley documentation, test development and test execution; working knowledge of ITGCs as they relate to Sarbanes-Oxley (S404) including SOC reports (SSAE18). 
  • Understanding of core IT management processes at application and infrastructure level (e.g., Logical Access, Change Management, System Development Lifecycle, Information Security, IT Ops etc.) 
  • Basic understanding of security and control risks in emerging technology environments (e.g. Cybersecurity, Cloud, Mobile Computing, Robotic Process Automation, etc.) 
  • Good understanding of SAP business processes (i.e., OTC, FBM), controls (automated, manual, security) and elements of underlying configurations. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as a creative problem-solving mindset paired with an auditor's "show me" skepticism 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact effectively with client and business process owners as well as colleagues. 
  • Effective oral and written communication skills. 
  • Strong time management skills and the ability to work within a team as well as independently. 
  • Attention to detail and the ability to multi-task are essential to the position. 
  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally up to 30% of the time.
Preferred Experience and Skills: 

  • Big 4 or Regional Auditing/Accounting Firm Experience  
Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 


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